My rating: 3 of 5 stars
3.5 stars. I wasn't thrilled at the end of the last book that Flavia would be leaving her home and going to Canada and honestly, without spoiling the end, the way this one ended was sort of annoying, like this whole book was a tease.
More or less Flavia has been sent to 'spy school' (and I admit it, I'm still iffy on this whole family of spies thing). Not every school girl is in on the spy thing and Flavia has a less than elegant entrance to the school, when on the first night she's accosted by a student and then a body falls out of the chimney in her bedroom.
Flavia has to try to figure out the complex, Machiavellian school rules and cliques while currying favor with the chemistry professor. She also has to deal with home sickness which in some ways didn't fly for me (mostly the fondness for her sisters who frankly are written as so ghastly to her, it would be hard to miss them.)
I liked this but not as much as I liked her back home.
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